Cat Alerts Human of Cancer

Sue McKenzie believes her life was saved because of her feline companion.

Sue McKenzie believes her life was saved because of her feline companion.

Sue McKenzie’s cat Tom has been with her for 20 years and in that time he’s pretty much kept to himself, but then for two weeks he tapped her with his paws on her neck.

“Tom doesn’t actively seek out human contact so I thought he was behaving very strangely when he suddenly started pawing me,” McKenzie told ITV News. “He would pat the back of my neck while meowing very loudly. He did it constantly for two weeks and was starting to drive me mad to be honest. I didn’t feel poorly at all but every time I sat down he was there tap, tap, tapping, always on my right shoulder.”

The 64-year-old grandmother at first thought something was wrong with Tom and took him to the vet. After being told he was fine and that maybe he was trying to tell her something, McKenzie discovered a lump in her neck and had it checked out. Once she did, Tom stopped tapping her.

“I was eventually diagnosed with Hodgkin’s Lymphoma,” McKenzie said, according to ITV News. She underwent chemotherapy treatment and ITV News reports that she’s “been given the all-clear.”

“I suppose it’s all thanks to Tom. He saved my life in a way,” McKenzie told ITV News. “But he’s not bothered – he’s gone back to being aloof and leaving my neck very much alone.”

Has your cat ever alerted you to something?

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